The next U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable will meet virtually to discuss the following topic, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021. The meeting will be held using the Microsoft Teams platform.
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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: EPA’s Proposed TSCA Section 8(a)(7) Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
Stephanie Griffin, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA
On June 28, 2021, EPA proposed reporting and recordkeeping requirements for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). As a result of a recent 2019 amendment to TSCA under section 8(a)(7), the agency is proposing to require any person who manufactures or has manufactured PFAS chemical substances since January 1, 2011 to electronically report information regarding PFAS uses, production volumes, disposal, exposures, and hazards. The proposed rule does not include an exemption for small manufacturers because unlike section 8(a)(1), which provides a specific exemption for small manufacturers and processors from reporting and recordkeeping requirements for chemical substances, section 8(a)(7) does not specify an exemption for small manufacturers from reporting and recordkeeping for PFAS chemical substances.
The proposed rule would also apply to importers of PFAS chemical substances and of articles containing PFAS chemical substances. The agency is interested in comments on whether imported articles containing PFAS should be included within the scope of its proposed rule. The only example for PFAS-containing articles that the agency refers to includes articles containing PFAS as part of surface coatings but there are likely other ways in which PFAS chemicals are incorporated into articles that are being imported. The comment period was extended from August 27, 2021 to September 27, 2021.
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